Does your furry friend wake from one of her 50 daily naps when she sees that you’re eating something she wants? Fluffy may not be quite the beggar that Fido is, but she won’t turn her cute nose up at a piece of salmon or turkey. There’s nothing wrong with offering treats, but it is important to pick healthy ones.In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital, a local vet lists a few good options.
Our feline friends are carnivores, so it’s no surprise that meat is Fluffy’s favorite food. There are a few things to keep in mind. Only offer your cute pet meat that is fully cooked and free of bones and fat. Don’t give your pet too much processed meat, such as hot dogs. These things tend to be very high in salt and fat. Organ meat should also be limited, as it’s only safe in small amounts.
Did you know that most cats are lactose-intolerant? Adult felines’ bodies do not create lactase, an enzyme that’s needed to digest milk. Some kitties can have small amounts of milk on occasion, but in general, it’s best to avoid this. Offer your furry pal some cat milk, which you can find in stores.
Fluffy’s love of seafood is no secret. Fish is quite healthy for our feline pals. (Fun fact: some villages in ancient China kept stocked fishponds just for kitties.) Your kitty may enjoy a can of plain tuna, salmon, or sardines. Just choose products that are preserved in water, and be sure to remove the bones. Other suitable options include flounder, mackerel, tilapia, crabmeat, and, if you really want to spoil your kitty, lobster.
Many kitties can’t help nibbling on houseplants. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home doesn’t contain any toxic ones. (Tip: try the ASPCA website here for a full list of safe and unsafe plants.) Pick up a container of cat grass for your little buddy. Wheat grass is also safe.
It’s important to know what isn’t safe for Fluffy. Some foods on the no-no list include garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; avocado; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; raw dough; and anything that contains xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more information.
Contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital, for your kitty’s care needs. We’re here to help!